Layoffs Hit NBC Sports

NBC Universal is currently restructuring the company’s operations, and with that news has comes a pair of announcements of longtime writers that they are no longer with the company. Craig Calcaterra and Rob Dauster, who both spent about a decade writing Hardball Talk and College Basketball Talk, respectively, announced the news today:

It has been a brutal few months in digital sports media, as every company in America grapples with coronavirus — and it wasn’t exactly boom times in this industry before that. Hopefully, Calcaterra and Dauster will land on their feet sooner than later.

UPDATE: Sara Perlman of the show The Daily Line also announced that her time with NBC Sports has come to an end:

And the writer Bill Baer:

And college football writer Bryan Fischer:

Update: Unfortunately, the news on NBC Sports layoffs has extended from Monday into Tuesday. The Chicago Tribune reports that NBC Sports Chicago is heavily scaling back on its original programming outside of airing Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox games — with that news, hosts host Leila Rahimi and Laurence Holmes are out, and the Chicago sportswriter roundtable talk show “Sports Talk Live” has been canceled.

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reports it is going to be really bad at NBC Sports Boston too:

More departure announcements are coming out:

 

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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